Continuing with this week’s theme, today I am highlighting Lucille Constance Gunning.
Born in 1922 in New York City, Lucille Constance Gunning is a pediatrician who has made important advances in rehabilitating children with disabilities, and in establishing care facilities for children with chronic health problems.
Dr. Gunning grew up in Jamaica, and at age five, was inspired to become a pediatrician. Her aunt, a midwife, was helping with a delivery that went badly. The doctor arrived too late and the baby died. Years later, she would recall the incident remembering everyone’s faith that the doctor would have saved the baby.
Dr. Gunning entered New York University and received her bachelor’s degree in 1945 and her medical degree in 1949 from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.
In 1971, Dr. Gunning began working at the Harlem Hospital Center, became chief of pediatric rehabilitation and created a developmental center for children with Down’s Syndrome.
Beginning in 1983, she worked for the state of New York as the deputy director of medical services for the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. In the early 1990s, Dr. Gunning began a position supervising health physicians for school districts in Manhattan.